9 Must-know ways about depression recovery

Must-know about depression. 9 ways of thinking for recovery
Depression is said as “a cold of mind”. The structure of modern society easily accumulates stresses. You may feel you are OK, but might realize one day that you can’t do anything.

Depression is more understood and seen differently in society these days, but the person suffering experience hard times. We need to recognize that everyone have possibility to suffer depression. Now, what should we know to recover from depression?



9 Must-know ways about depression recovery

 

1. Cause of depression


Causes of depression are not fully understood yet. However, studies and researches are progressed and we know the possibilities. One of the causes of depression is thought to be the damage of nerve cells in brain.

There are nerve fibers in our brain to deliver information smoothly, but they can be damaged and become thin by stresses. As a result, endogenous chemicals controlling emotions (such as serotonin and noradrenaline) are reduced and lower motivation. Stresses are the biggest problem as we expected.

 

2. Symptoms of depression


It is very difficult to distinguish depression and laziness, but there are some characteristics. The symptom seen in beginning of depression is “loss of motivation”. The definite difference from laziness is that you lose motivation even about enjoyable things, and continue wearing same clothes for few days without taking a bath.

You are not hoping to do this, but you can’t help it even if you know “you need to do it”. The next symptom that appears is “not knowing what to do”. You will have bad memory, cannot judge priority of things, and get lost.

At the end, you come to the idea of “hurting or killing yourself”. This is the time we need to keep our eye on the most. Of course these symptoms are not true for everyone. We need to consult medical specialists to determine the truth.

 

3. Who likely to suffer depression


Depression is the illness of mind we all have possibilities to suffer from. Also there are people who have tendency to become depression. Have strong responsibility, precise and perfectionist, have strong ambition and enthusiastic in work, have strong sense of justice, careful, pessimistic person…

These personalities seem to make you tired, but very common among Japanese people. Also, sometimes environment can be a cause of depression. A sense of loss for losing family or close person or divorce, heavy pressure for being laid off or payment of mortgage, change of environment by moving or starting new work or school, illness, and so on.

Women are likely to suffer depression more as a result of change in balance of hormone caused by getting pregnant and giving a birth. Of course, not everyone with such conditions suffer depression. Everyone have possibility, however.

 

4. Ways to check depression


Feeling drowsy and lack motivation recently. Absented from work today…

If you doubt you are depression, try easy checks before it’s too late. If you go to medical specialists, you can try several examinations. For example, there is a test “to draw picture of a tree on a white paper”.

We can tell many things from just a picture of a tree. However, this type of tests is often difficult for nonprofessional person like us. There is also an easy self-check procedure called “Beck Depression Inventory”.

By answering questions and scoring them, you can tell how stressed you are and the condition of depression. You can try on internet, so if you want to know your condition you should try. Also, I recommend you to see specialist.

 

5. Treatments for depression


Typical treatments for depression are “medication” and “rest”. For medication, “antidepressant” is prescribed to improve function of neurotransmitter of brain and recover its function. It doesn’t have immediate effect. Some may feel side effects such as nausea or dizziness.

Effects seem not obvious, but never increase the amount of medicine or quit it by yourself. You may suffer stronger side effects. You need to take medication properly under doctor’s direction.

Also, because the main cause of depression is stress, taking a rest to relax is very important. Please rest quietly until you feel motivated.

 

6. Choosing a doctor


If you doubt depression, which hospital should you go to? Generally for mental illness, go to department of psychiatrist, psychosomatic medicine, or mental clinic. These hospitals will treat you basically the same.

Asking your family doctor for recommendation of mental specialist is also possible. First, make a phone call to a hospital you are planning to go. Tell that you want to see a doctor and make an appointment if needed. On the day of an appointment, go to a reception and wait while you fill in an interview sheet.

Sometimes you may need to take psychological test as pre-test. In a medical examination with a doctor, result of diagnosis and methods of treatment will be told, as well as possibly some counseling. Medication will be prescribed if necessary, so start treatment with doctor’s guidance. These hospitals are nothing special. If you feel something unusual, consult a doctor as soon as possible. It is the shortest way for complete recovery.

 

7. How to deal with a person with depression


Ways to deal with depression are getting popular recently. One of them, “never say ‘do your best!’ to a person suffering depression”, is well known. People with depression have done their best already and being tired, so please don’t let them make more effort.

If you talk with them, devote to listening. It’s not good to give advice with your decision. Your words may sound like denying their existence for those who are losing confidence. The biggest enemy of depression is “not being understood”. If people around them understand them, they are greatly relieved.

 

8. Prevention of depression


The best way to prevent depression is not to accumulate stress, which is the main cause of depression. Keep regular hours, sleep well and do some exercise. Taking a rest is the best secret to maintain healthy body. Also you need to think about eating habits. Not taking enough nutrients can lead you to not only depression but also other illnesses.

It is true for all disease prevention; the best ways is to keep regular hours. Another way to prevent depression is to feel better and refreshed by writing or saying negative things. By releasing dissatisfaction and anger when you are under great stress, you can reduce stress. Please deal with it before stress affects you.

 

9. Complete recovery from depression


Because we can’t see mental illness visually, it is quite difficult to tell complete recovery of depression. It is often heard that depression returns after quitting taking medicine, thinking he/she recovered completely. Depression takes very long time for recovery.

A thought “I might never recover” can be a stress and worsen the symptom. However, it is not an incurable illness. There is a condition however; follow the direction of doctor.

Never quit taking medicine until your doctor tells you to do so. Many people quit medicine with their own decision, but it disturbs treatment. Also family, friends and colleagues should understand depression, and need their support. The treatment takes long time, but it can be cured completely with appropriate treatment.

 

I hope this article was helpful for you.

Everyone has possibility to suffer depression. Symptoms can appear over a long time, or suddenly appear at once triggered by something. It can be said to all illnesses that early detection and proper treatment make it possible to cure completely.

However, mental illness affects your body, mind and relationship with people around you, beyond your imagination. Proper knowledge is required to protect yourself, your family and friends.

 

 

Summary

9 Must-know ways about depression recovery

1. Cause of depression
2. Symptoms of depression
3. Who likely to suffer depression
4. Ways to check depression
6. Choosing a doctor
5. Treatments for depression
7. How to deal with a person with depression
8. Prevention of depression
9. Complete recovery from depression